Expression Interrupted

Journalists and academics bear the brunt of the massive crackdown on freedom of expression in Turkey. Scores of them are currently subject to criminal investigations or behind bars. This website is dedicated to tracking the legal process against them.



Prosecutor seeks aggravated life imprisonment for Zaman columnists

Nine columnists of the shuttered newspaper, including Şahin Alpay, under house arrest since March, face “violating t...

Charges against 4 defendants amended in Zaman case

Prosecutor drops “coup” charge against Orhan Kemal Cengiz, İhsan Dağı, İbrahim Karayeğen and Mehmet Özdemir ...

Columnists, editors of Zaman set for final hearing

Court expected to issue verdict concerning 11 columnists and editors of shuttered Zaman newspaper, on trial on “coup...

Bulaç, Özdemir released, Alpay’s house arrest lifted 

Four journalists remain behind bars at the end of fourth hearing in Zaman case; court adjourns trial until June 7 Th...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 140

Özgür Gündem publisher and editor jailed; Court lifts Şahin Alpay’s house arrest, releases 2 journalists from pre...

Five acquitted in Zaman trial, two journos released from prison

Court convicts 6 journalists of “membership in terrorist group” while acquitting all 11 defendants of the “coup...

Journalists in State of Emergency - 148 

Verdict issued in long-running trial into former columnists and editors of Zaman daily; indictment against jailed repor...

Appellate court upholds verdict in "Zaman trial"

The trial court had convicted columnists Ahmet Turan Alkan, Ali Bulaç, Şahin Alpay, Mümtazer Türköne, Mustafa Üna...

Freedom of Expression and the Press in Turkey - 197

Supreme Court of Appeals overturns life sentences given to Altan brothers and Nazlı Ilıcak; Ahmet Altan, Cengiz Erdin...

Ahmet Altan

Novelist and former Editor-in-Chief of Taraf newspape...

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